Another absorbing excursion with improvisational composers Ernesto Diaz- Infante (guitars) and Rotcod Zzaj (keyboards). You will find yourself on a journey to the far reaches of your (collective) mind. Relaxing, yet quite intense!
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December 11, 2011
Splendid magazine review
What would happen if Daniel Johnston stopped writing Beatles songs and decided to become a free improvisation nut? Well, he'd probably end up making something a lot like the latest opus from frequent collaborators and Splendid regulars Rotcod Zzaj and Ernesto Diaz-Infante. This time out, we've got an engagingly weird mix of noisy guitar noodling and experimentation, telephone blips and bleeps, voice samples, random noises, drum machine hits and spoken word passages, topped off (as usual) by Zzaj's half goofy, half cheesy, half fundamentally strange keyboard virtuosity. There seems to be a serious space travel theme going on here judging by the track titles: "Dog Star Afternoons," "Black Dwarf Beatnik," "Voyage to Canis Majoris," etc. Then again, music from Zzaj and friends always tends to the alien, so who knows what these folks are thinking! Everyone should have at least one CD from the ever-expanding (like the universe???) Zzaj Productions catalog, and Sirius Intrigues is as good a place to start as any. As is often the case, the disc gets a bit bogged down in some of its noodlier sections, but the quality of the playing and the honest strangeness of the ideas it contains makes it a fine, likable addition to the Diaz-Infante/Zzaj canon.